Are you ready for NaNoWriMo? Here’s an idea to help you keep up with word count. One of my writing partners recently injured his hand and it was put into a cast. I was very impressed that instead of giving up writing for a few months, he bought Dragon Speech to Text Software and managed … More 3 Reasons to “Speak” your Manuscript
A Publisher hated my first chapter…and told me how to fix it. Now I share what I’ve learned with you. The first chapter is your first impression, your moment of truth, your novel’s chance to sink or swim. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to land an agent, get an editor’s attention, or simply … More 4 Tips for a Stellar First Chapter
When you wrote your first book, did you consider who was going to read it? Let me rephrase that: Who was going to want to read it? Probably not. You took the first few years to get through the grueling draft you believed would never end. Then end it did, and you couldn’t have been more thrilled. … More Authors… Who Are You Writing For?
I decided to research my favorite authors and how they developed their stories. The question is, what is it that makes a novel successful? Is there a special formula? Here are the results for your enjoyment. First on the list: CS Friedman, which is my first favorite because of her dark epic fantasy Feast of Souls … More The Formula of a Bestselling Novel